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It’s not every day you see an undrafted wide receiver come in and play more than a few years, at most. For Dallas, it can be argued that investing a four-year contract into wideout Cole Beasley before the 2015 season was a massive win.

Even though the receiver didn’t have much production during his first three years, he’s been a very visible part of the powerful Dallas offense for the past two years. With an injury to Dez Bryant in the 2015 season, Beasley was second on the team in receptions and lead the team in receiving touchdowns. Obviously, 2015 was not the Cowboys’ finest hour, but what the former Little Elm Lobo and SMU Mustang has brought to the table in 2016 has been undeniable. He’s already stacked up 58 receptions for 647 yards and 5 touchdowns, equaling his touchdown production from 2015.

Beasley was a quarterback at Little Elm before he was converted into a wide receiver at SMU, so it makes sense that he’s become somewhat of a quarterback’s best friend. He’s the quintessential third down wideout, a guy who can get open in the flats and make plays that move the chains. The fifth-year Texan has a knack for finding just the right amount of space needed for Dak Prescott and previously Tony Romo to squeeze a pass in.

The Cowboys are 10-1, and are facing the 6-5 Vikings, which to some might not seem like too much of a scare. The Vikings’ D ranks second in the NFL in points per game, only giving up 17.5. The struggle for Minnesota this year has come from the loss of Teddy Bridgewater, not any kind of defensive lapse.

Third downs will be important for the Dallas defense tonight, they’ll have to move the chains effectively against a stout defense. Who better to step up than the Texas lifer Cole Beasley?

 

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